Every project contains a projSymbolStyle.dwg file. Learn the function of this drawing file, and why it is a critical part of the project.
- [Narrator] All of the symbols that are contained in your P90 project are stored as blocks in the Proj Symbol Style DWG file. This file is critical to the project and must be controlled and backed up on a regular basis. Let's discuss this a little further. Let's take a look and open the file. We're not going to open this in project manager, we're just going to open this the old fashioned way. We're going to browse out to the chapter one, and you'll see it's the only drawing that exists here, so we're going to grab that drawing, and we're going to open it.
So now we're in the drawing. I want to to zoom extense and notice there's nothing showing in this drawing. So it's very easy to come in and want to purge this drawing, however, let's take a look in the block definitions. So I'm just going to click on this here, and we're going to take a look at all the blocks that are contained in this. So I'm just going to point out a few here. So what we have as we scroll down, we have all the instrumentation, if you just check the little thumbnail just to the right, these blocks should be familiar to you by now.
These are all the blocks that you use inside your regular P90. Now we have a lot of blocks in here that are pertinent to 3D, if you're not using this 3D project, the blocks are still contained in the project symbols style, so you won't see graphic for those. If there is a graphic, it's contained in your P90. One of the things I've tried to do when creating the software is keep everything separate, we want to make it easy to find the P90 symbols, so most of the symbols have a PIP prefix on them.
So let's take a look here, I'm just going to quickly scroll through all the P90 symbols. You'll see the various valves, flanges, everything in here. If we were to purge this drawing and all these blocks were gone, then we'd have absolutely nothing put in our drawing, so always make sure that this drawing is kept safe and it's never purged. It's one of those things that we're trained to do as AutoCAD users is to always purge your empty drawings, so make sure this one's available. Make it available read-only to the team members, but try and control it.
If something accidentally happens, you can always go back and get a backup copy. Another important aspect of this, I'm just going to go out to Windows, look inside your project settings in Windows. The drawing is here in the main folder setup. Again, it's an instinctive thing as an AutoCAD user, particularly somebody who's a project administrator, is not to have files named the same. We always want to control our files and have our files associated back to your project. For example, if we had duplicate files, we would always want to put a prefix on that to say that this is Project ABC, and make it separate form all the others.
Unfortunately with this program, we can't rename these files. Your program's always going to be looking for a file in this folder called Proj Symbol Style and it's always going to be looking for a project X amount. We can't add prefix or suffix to these and we can't change the location. So the file being this critical to the project, we have to fully understand its significance and its role in the project. It's also important that all members of the team understand this, too, to make sure the file is never moved, never modified by anyone other than your project administrator.
- Accessing data in Project Manager
- Reviewing P&ID class definitions
- Reviewing drawing properties vs. project properties
- Creating a new project
- Managing files
- Setting up P&ID project paths
- Working with custom project properties
- Creating custom P&ID symbols, component tags, and animation
- Modifying existing symbols
- Setting layers, fonts, and linetypes